To The Daily Sun,
Alton Community Services is entering its 15th year. Our mission is providing relief to the poor, distressed or underprivileged throughout our community. ACS tries to meet their physical, spiritual needs through pour provision of food, clothing, furniture and referral services.
The churches of Alton and Alton Bay continue to sponsor us and are represented on our board. At our fall meeting we appointed J. Meehan to the board. He works closely with St. Katherine Drexel in assisting those in need. We are trying to coordinate our efforts in assisting the less fortunate.
We are still trying to reach more families. Laconia has over 1,000 who come to their food pantry, Wolfeboro 80, Barnstead 35, GIW 35, New Durham 30, and Alton 20-30. New Hampshire Food Bank thinks we are not reaching the families who would benefit our program. The families that receive food stamps, WIC or reduced lunches at school, as well as Back Pack programs would be eligible for our program. Our office is open Saturday mornings from 8 to 11 a.m. or by appointment. Our telephone number is 875-CARE (2273), if we do not answer please leave a message.
The local gardeners have told me that they are planting extra vegetables for the pantry. Maxfield Realty on Main St. as well as Spencer Hughes at the Bay has become a drop-off center for the pantry as well as Profile Bank and Alton Home and Lumber, a/k/a Reuben's Store. We are in need of canned vegetables as well as jellies and jams. condiments as well as shampoos paper products. Our shelves are dwindling down.
We would like to give a heartfelt thanks to all who continually support us with their time and donations.
Dorothye S. Wentworth
Alton Community Services